Facilities & Infrastructure

Facilities & Infrastructure

PARI buildings include:

  • Cline Administration Building. Instrument control center, data center, office complex, multimedia room, Exhibit Gallery, library and classrooms
  • Barrier Maintenance Building. Maintenance, power center, metal and woodworking shops
  • Building 3. AdventureDome planetarium, offices, classrooms and rest area
  • Research Building. 4.6 meter (15ft) radio telescope control center, data center, RF Lab, Aeronomy Lab, Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA) and offices
  • Building 5. 26W radio telescope controllers
  • Building 6. 26E radio telescope controllers
  • Building 12. Storage
  • Building 13. Power distribution for Building 12, Building 17 and 12.2m (40ft) radio telescope
  • Building 14. Earth science, including seismic monitoring station
  • Building 16. Chemical storage
  • Building 17. Laboratory for visiting scientists
  • Building 20. High altitude wind velocity lab
  • Building 21. Solar array batteries, inverter and controller
  • Building 22. Pump house
  • Building 23. 90,000 gallon water storage
  • Building 27. Rest area for visiting scientists and students
  • Nature Center. Outdoor Planetarium, earth science
  • Building 29. Cafeteria
  • Building 36. 500kW UPS for Research Building

Facility infrastructure includes:

  • 750 tons of operational air conditioning
  • Four wells with 132 gallons/minute output
  • Waste water system that can treat 7,500 gallons/day
  • Power generation of 1.3 megawatts of three-phase electricity
  • Multiple cables into the facility from different directions provide fiber optic connectivity to ERC, MCNC and the telephone company through more than 100 individual fibers
  • 100 miles of onsite fiber optic cable connectivity
  • Four solar array systems, each with batteries and 2.5kVA 115V inverters
  • Seven solar array systems, each with batteries and 115V inverters
  • Three 900W wind turbines for power generation
  • 500kVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
  • More than 60 site webcams
  • Centralized security and alarm system with key card access
  • Three weather and atmospheric stations
  • One acre spring-fed pond
  • Infrared cloud detection system